Have your say on proposed new stadium
Matamata Futures want Matamata residents’ thoughts on their proposed indoor stadium that they have been discussing for many years.
The trust has set up an online survey which can be accessed through surveymonkey.com/ r/6FXVZGW.
The deadline for feedback is Wednesday June 15.
‘‘We look forward to hearing from organisations and the people in the Matamata community,’’ Trust chairman Frank Healey said.
Healey said for more than a decade the Matamata community has been discussing the need for a multi-purpose indoor stadium in Matamata to replace the towns aging facilities to ensure that the community has a new stadium to meet the current and future needs of the growing community
He said the trust believed Matamata and its surrounding communities did need a fit-for-purpose facility that includes two indoor courts, shared social spaces and associated amenities, such as changing rooms, toilets and equipment storage similar to those that are enjoyed by neighbouring towns.
Modern community facilities, such as Matamata Stadium, was likely to have significant positive social and economic impacts on the community.
He said assets like that would retain and attract the smart people needed to make Matamata a prosperous and thriving town. The trust had estimated the cost of the build. ‘‘Our investigations show the Matamata Stadium project is likely to cost around $4 million.
‘‘A local philanthropist has generously contributed $800,000 for the express purpose of building a new facility and a number of other potential funding sources have been identified.
‘‘If the community wants this, we believe we can make this happen.’’
The Futures Trust has engaged consultancy Giblin Group, to carry out an independent assessment of the Matamata Stadium project.
‘‘That report will investigate what the needs are so that the Matamata Stadium can provide for as many people as possible.’’ No decision on the location had been made. ‘‘Several locations to locate the Stadium are presently being considered,’’ he said.
A number of stakeholders have been interviewed to inform the report but the Trust was keen to see what the rest of the community thought.